Who deserves the judgment of God?
(1:32) - the sentence of death/punishment
The wrong answer (vv.
1-5, last time)
To judge others as worthy of God’s judgment…but not yourself.
The question is not how does one compare…but is one guilty of any sin (1:29-31).
The sin of anyone’s life is immeasurable...
No matter how it compares to anyone else.
What’s the right answer?
He alone is the judge of who deserves punishment.
So it is His standard that we are measured by.
Not by comparisons…in fact, just the opposite.
How does God judge people?
How does He decide what people deserve?
By their works (v. 6)
“Render” - to reward or punish, to give back accordingly
“Works” - what a person does…notice it is plural - so all of their deeds are take into account by God
Those who do good (v.
“Patience” - perseverance or endurance
“Well-doing” - do good - general, vague, undefined
“Seek” - actively desire
“Glory” - praise worthy; “Honor” - valuable; “immortality” - incorruptible life; TRULY
“Eternal life” - what they wanted really, opposite of God’s judgment/punishment; more must be said on this.
This is new in the text, this is like a mention within a much broader context that is not about this.
So, Paul will have to explain this further, especially in light of (Romans 3:10–12)...
Those who do not do good (v.
“Self-seeking” - selfish ambition even at the expense of others, contentious.
“Do not obey the truth” - The core reason (1:18) for the result (1:32).
“Unrighteousness” - what they embrace/serve
“Wrath and fury” - from God, punishment, deserved; undefined/unspecified - to be feared
Who does God judge in this way?
Jews and Gentiles (Greeks; vv.
Those who do evil (v.
“Tribulation and distress” parallels “wrath and fury.”
The one is of God, the other is of mankind.
This is a reminder of why - “does evil.”
Then the emphasis on WHO will be judged in this way.
Those who do good (v.
“Glory and honor and peace” parallels verse 7.
This is still possible (Philippians 2:12–13).
No comparisons (v.
No comparisons like the Jew or the moral person has.
Feel Guilty or Feel Grateful
Benediction: Romans 11:33–36 “33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever.